October 6, 2014
“No money down” financing has made installing solar much easier for many property owners. But for every customer with a good credit score and south facing roof, there are many others without such advantages. Enter Community Choice Energy. It promises to overcome barriers to renewable energy development while modernizing and decentralizing the electricity system.
California’s first and second Community Choice programs, Marin Clean Energy and Sonoma Clean Power, offer cleaner power and lower rates. Sonoma Clean Power estimates that in 2014 alone more than $6 million will stay in the local economy because of their favorable power procurement.
August 4, 2014
Speculation is rising in the North Bay about what the U.S. solar market will look like in the wake of the expiration of the federal 30 percent solar investment tax credit for residential and commercial properties at the end of 2016.
June 23, 2014
Ann Hancock is executive director of Santa Rosa-based Climate Protection Campaign.
June 2, 2014
When we think of renewable energy we mostly think of power from the sky such as solar and wind. And when we think of what we should phase out, we picture underground sources such as coal, oil, and fossil gas. However, one underground power source is relatively benign and counts toward California’s renewable energy goals – geothermal.
June 2, 2014
April 10, 2014: The Climate Protection Campaign hosted a gathering at Connie Codding’s home to offer a forum for leadership discussions on renewable energy choices made available to Sonoma County communities through the recent launch of Sonoma Clean Power.
May 20, 2014
NORTH BAY — The Business Journal today announced the selection of its 2014 Women in Business honorees from a diverse group of industries and organizations including agriculture, wine, professional services, technology, specialty foods, restaurants, small business, health care and fitness and nonprofits.
The keynote speaker at the June 25 awards gala will be Hollie Delaney, director of human resources for Zappos.com, a company widely known for its high levels of customer service and extraordinary corporate culture. The company’s journey from San Francisco online shoe and apparel startup to its sale in 2009 to Amazon for $1.2 billion is captured in the best-selling book by its founder and CEO Tony Hsieh, “Delivering Happiness, a Path to Profits, Passion and Purpose.”
April 7, 2014
Enphase Energy located in Petaluma is on a trajectory of rapid growth. Last year the company captured significant market share in the U.S., and it broke into the Australian market as well.
March 10, 2014
Bill Vyenielo was hired as business consulting senior manager with Moss Adams. …
Dmitri Alexeev was named tax senior manager with Moss Adams. …
Joe Hester joined as tax manager with Moss Adams. …
Bank of Marin honored Leah Bryan from Petaluma and Tara Johnson from Sonoma as the most recent graduates its retail officer training program. …
Dana Marty joined JDH Wealth in Santa Rosa as the administrative assistant. …
Marc McDonald was named real estate manager for the General Services Department in Sonoma County. …
Kristin Berger recently joined the Climate Protection Campaign as the director of development and communications. …
Dr. Frederick L. Johnson was named as a new board member for Sutter West Bay Hospitals and Sutter West Bay Medical Foundation. …
The Santa Rosa office of George Petersen Insurance Agency hired Daniel S. Garcia Jr. as a commercial lines agent. …
Jaime Pera has been named associate partner and selected to lead the expansion of Terra Firma Global Partners in Marin County. …
Calix appointed William Atkins as executive vice president and chief financial officer. …
Joseph Phelps Vineyards promoted Justin Ennis to winemaker at the company’s Freestone estate. …
March 3, 2014
“We harvest the sun to make products,” says Jim Happ, president of Labcon in Petaluma.
He radiates enthusiasm due to his company’s profitable adoption of solar powered manufacturing. “I think the local business message should be, ‘Come to Sonoma County and harvest the sun.’”
Editor’s note: This new column, Powering the Bottom Line, was developed in collaboration with the Sonoma County Climate Protection Campaign. This column and future ones will deal with how business can harness renewable energy resources.
December 30, 2013
SONOMA COUNTY — While planners for a new public power agency in Sonoma County have celebrated a number of milestones in 2013, 2014 will mark what could easily be the renewable energy-focused provider’s greatest milestone yet – the onset of electricity service to its first group of 20,000 customers.
June 3, 2013
SANTA ROSA – Navigating economic realities involving energy, debt and climate trends that will impact our lives and provide the context for local economic development in the North Bay, was the focus of Richard Heinberg’s presentation May 8 at the Glaser Center in Santa Rosa.
April 1, 2013
HEALDSBURG — Santa Rosa-based Climate Protection Campaign is hosting a forum this week for the local wine industry on the impact the proposed Sonoma Clean Power agency could have on their businesses.
March 18, 2013
Commercial real estate broker Burt Polson, who has operated ACRES Real Estate Services in Napa for two decades, is joining Strong & Hayden Commercial Real Estate. …
Stellar Energy, based in Rohnert Park, hired Chris Larsen as director of southeast project development. …
Kurt Hahn was honored for 15 years of service to Healdsburg District Hospital after he announced his retirement and resignation from the board. …
Chris Call recently joined the board of the Santa Rosa-based Climate Protection Campaign as treasurer. …
The California Parenting Institute board of directors welcomed five new board members. …
Sausalito-based Equilibrium named Pal Storehaug as its vice president for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. …
Rack & Riddle, a Hopland winery and custom-crush facility, hired Raphael Brisbois as director of winemaking to lead the production of client and branded wines. …
Signorello Estate appointed Britny Sundin estate chef. …
Soutirage hired Master Sommelier Desmond Echavarrie as senior wine advisor. …
The Hess Collection, which has a winery in American Canyon, appointed Illinois-based Jeanne Jesse as north central regional sales manager. …
Cline Cellars and Jacuzzi Family Vineyards in Sonoma Valley named Robert Hawk as Great Lakes regional manager. …
The board of directors of the Sonoma County Winegrape Commission announced that Karissa Kruse will be its next president, replacing Nick Frey as he retires. …
December 4, 2012
SANTA ROSA — The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors today voted unanimously to create an initial governing authority for a proposed countywide renewable energy-focused power agency known as Sonoma Clean Power, a step needed before determining rates to charge potential customers when service is targeted to begin in early 2014.
November 13, 2012
SANTA ROSA — Greenhouse-gas emissions have continued a three-year downward trend in Sonoma County, primarily reduced by fewer vehicle trips in a slowed economy and a greater supply of renewable energy, according to a report released today.
April 23, 2012
Click here for photo gallery Banking and Finance Wayne Hoffer has been unanimously promoted to senior vice president by the Summit State Bank (NASDAQ: SSBI) Board of Directors. Mr. Hoffer has 35 years of lending and banking experience, and has worked for Summit State Bank for the past six years as a commercial loan officer. [...]
April 9, 2012
SONOMA COUNTY — Efforts to create a renewable energy-focused power agency in Sonoma County will reach a significant milestone on April 10 as the county’s water agency board votes on whether to begin work on a comprehensive business plan that will chart a future for the endeavor.
March 21, 2011
This report highlights 46 North Bay professionals in various fields who have been leading development and implementation of environmentally sustainable technologies, such as solar electric and geothermal energy, erosion control for better stream water quality and energy-efficient construction.
August 2, 2010
Also: Windsor project sees vegetable gardens, olive trees, electric cars
July 5, 2010
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